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  • Summary: The seven-disc set includes remastered songs from the solo albums by the Beatles' guitarist under Apple Records as well as five rare and unreleased tracks.
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  • Record Label: Capitol
  • Genre(s): Singer/Songwriter, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Album Rock, Soft Rock
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  1. Nov 12, 2014
    90
    It's hard to deny the ups and downs to be found here, but combined they paint a picture of Harrison's complexities and contradictions, and the music has never sounded better--and each album has never looked better--than it does here.
  2. Q Magazine
    Nov 13, 2014
    80
    The Quiet One seized his moment with a burst of productivity encompassing 1968's raga-meets-rock-meets-music-hall Wonderwall Music, '69's Moog synthesizer noodle-fest Electronic Sound and '70s sprawling Phil Spector-produced melodic masterpiece All Things Must Pass. [Nov 2014, p.124]
  3. Classic Rock Magazine
    Dec 17, 2014
    80
    Viewed as a whole, this set cements Harrison's reputation, not as a huge 60s phenomenon but as a human. [Nov 2014, p.104]
  4. Nov 12, 2014
    78
    The few bonus tracks here don’t necessarily help enrich the albums, outside of the welcome inclusion on the Material World disc of “Bangla Desh,” the 1971 single that was a precursor to the benefit concerts in New York. If you fancy yourself a scholar of the Fab Four and all their endeavors before and after, this is essential listening to aid you in getting a little closer to appreciating Harrison’s growth as an artist and as a human being.
  5. Nov 12, 2014
    70
    George Harrison’s artistic output remained coherent with itself, and later works such as Thirty-Three and 1/3 or Cloud Nine are still miles away from ordinariness and well above the average pop songwriting. But this was George Harrison, and his guitar gently wept for us, so people’s benign disappointment with his later, upstanding production is not only justified, but it is somehow an integral part of his production. And this relation comes with this box set.
  6. Nov 12, 2014
    60
    Only the most devoted Apple Scruff could truly love Extra Texture, or its two immediate predecessors, now. Wonderwall Music, however, documents an innocent optimism that will always be worth a listen.
  7. Dec 11, 2014
    40
    Dour, divine, depressed, the Liverpudlian of The Apple Years 1968-75 wears many moods between Krishna rock and "Ding Dong, Ding Dong" roll.

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